Lakes Culture 2017 Calendar of Events

Lakes Culture 2017 calendar of events Brantwood, home of John Ruskin, the writer, artist and social reformer Abbot Hall Art Gallery in Kendal (photo by Tony West) Hill Top and garden, home of Beatrix Potter The Word-Hoard: Love Letters to Our Land at Wordsworth House & Gardens, Cockermouth from 11 March – 3 September 2017 Artwork by Peter Threfall - part of the Green Door Art Trail 2017 Winter Droving, Penrith, 14 November 2015

Diaries at the ready… 2017 promises to be another exciting year of outstanding culture in the beautiful Lake District! This world renowned cultural landscape provides an abundance of inspiration and exploration throughout the year, with its vibrant literary legacy and the UK’s first forest for sculpture.

For further Cumbrian cultural delights, 2017 presents an impressive line-up of art, music, performance and festivals. From celebrations of literature and comic art to tenors, Turner Prize nominees and tremendous theatrics – there’s some Lakes Culture for everyone!

So check out our Lakes Culture calendar for 2017 and start planning your cultural adventures in the Lake District…

Cumbria proudly presents an extravaganza of inspiring cultural events throughout 2017!

// THE POWER OF THE HILLS: JOHN RUSKIN & MOUNTAINS – Brantwood, Coniston

Until 24 April 2017

The Power of the Hills: John Ruskin and Mountains at Brantwood, Coniston
The Power of the Hills: John Ruskin and Mountains at Brantwood, Coniston

No single feature of the earth excited more feeling in Ruskin than the hills. No single aspect of nature inspired his brush more consistently or more beautifully. Mountains inspired and obsessed Ruskin his entire life, to him they were evidence of the living nature of the earth. He drew mountains throughout his life and possibly no artist or writer before or since has understood them so fully in all their aspects.

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// THE GRUFFALO SPOTTER – Grizedale Forest, Lake District

Until December 2017

The Gruffalo Spotter new app and trail in Grizedale Forest
The Gruffalo Spotter new app and trail in Grizedale Forest

A new augmented reality app and trail bringing The Gruffalo characters to life is now open at Grizedale Forest. Families can follow clues on an interactive trail and track signs of their favourite characters based on The Gruffalo, best-selling picture book written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler. This self-led adventure is packed with fun facts about forest animals with fantastic activities along the way. The Gruffalo Spotter app is free from the App Store, Google Play and Amazon and requires downloading before your visit. The trail at Grizedale Forest runs until December 2017.

Find out more and download the app here

// THE WORD-HOARD: LOVE LETTERS TO OUR LAND – Wordsworth House & Gardens, Cockermouth

11 March – 3 September 2017

Wordsworth House, Cockermouth, National Trust
Wordsworth House, Cockermouth, National Trust

A stunning new exhibition at Wordsworth House in Cockermouth celebrates the beauty of our landscape and the evocative language once used to describe it. Guest-curated by award-winning author Robert Macfarlane, The Word-Hoard: Love Letters to Our Land features breathtaking images by his parents, Cumbrian photographers Rosamund and John.

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// WORLD PREMIERE: WILLIAM WORDSWORTH BY NICHOLAS PIERPAN – Theatre by the Lake, Keswick

31 March – 22 April 2017

World Premiere of William Wordsworth by Nicholas Pierpan at Theatre by the Lake, Keswick
World Premiere of William Wordsworth by Nicholas Pierpan at Theatre by the Lake, Keswick

Theatre by the Lake’s 2017 Spring Season opens with this World Premiere. It’s spring 1812 and in the parlour of Grasmere Rectory amongst the piles of washing, smoking chimneys and children running riot, William Wordsworth writes.

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// GREEN DOOR ART TRAIL 2017 – Various venues located across South Lakeland and around Morecambe Bay

8 and 9 April

Brief Encounters by Rosie Wates - part of the Green Door Art Trail 2017
Brief Encounters by Rosie Wates – part of the Green Door Art Trail 2017

The annual Green Door Art Trail returns with more than 50 members of Cumbria’s leading artists’ collective taking part. Discover a fantastic range of members’ work on show at 17 venues – with painting, prints, papercuts, photographs, jewellery, wood, glass, textiles, sculptures and ceramics. From Ford Park in Ulverston up to High Dale Park in Satterthwaite and around Morecambe Bay from Cark in Cartmel to Grange-over-Sands and over to Silverdale – the Green Door Art Trail is a great opportunity to meet artists and purchase their work.

You can download a brochure from the Green Door website or pick one up at key info points across Cumbria and Lancashire.

// PRINTFEST – Coronation Hall, Ulverston

27 – 30 April 2017

Printfest 2014 at Coronation Hall, Ulverston
Printfest at Coronation Hall, Ulverston

Ulverston’s Coronation Hall will be buzzing with printmakers and their work at Printfest 2017. This artist led printmaking festival, running from 27 – 30 April, is an ideal opportunity to see and purchase original works of art, meet the UK’s leading print artists and learn more about printmaking.

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// KESWICK JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL – Various venues in Keswick

11 – 14 May 2017

Grand Parade at Keswick Jazz Festival 2016
Grand Parade at Keswick Jazz Festival 2016

Prepare to be inspired as this year’s festival brings music from the early days of jazz with Jelly Roll Morton, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong and the glory days in the UK to the hip-swinging music of New Orleans. For your musical pleasure there will be intimate gypsy jazz, soulful gospel and blues, powerful vocalists, hot pianists, cool saxophones, trumpets, trombones, banjos, clarinets… and more!

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// FREERANGE COMEDY FESTIVAL – Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal

15 – 21 May 2017

Freerange Comedy Festival 2017 at Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal
Freerange Comedy Festival 2017 at Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal

The Brewery Arts Centre’s annual feast of fun is guaranteed to present some of the UK’s biggest names in the comedy circuit. Acts confirmed so far for the Freerange Comedy Festival 2017 include Katy Brand, Scott Gibson, Tony Law, Jenny Eclair and Kieran Hodgson. More acts to be announced soon… so watch this space!

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// MARVELLOUS MOZART WEEKEND FESTIVAL – Old Laundry Theatre, Bowness-on-Windermere

Friday 19 May – Sunday 21 May

Marvellous Mozart Weekend Festival at Old Laundry Theatre - photo Benjamin Ealovega
Marvellous Mozart Weekend Festival at Old Laundry Theatre – photo Benjamin Ealovega

The Old Laundry Theatre, in association with Music in the Round, is hosting a Marvellous Mozart weekend celebrating the music and life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The festival weekend promises a programme of chamber music delights from Sheffield based Ensemble 360, three recitals, a lecture and a number of workshops, including one for mini maestros and a choral community ‘bring and sing’ of Ave Verum Corpus.

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// 2017 SUMMER SEASON – Theatre by the Lake, Keswick

25 May – 4 November 2017

World premiere of Remarkable Invisible by Laura Eason is coming to Theatre by the Lake in 2017
World premiere of Remarkable Invisible by Laura Eason is coming to Theatre by the Lake in 2017

The rich 2017 Summer Season at Theatre by the Lake consists of six outstanding shows including three World Premiere productions – How My Light is Spent by Alan Harris, Miss Julie directed by Tom Littler and Remarkable Invisible by Laura Eason.

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// ULVERSTON INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL – Various venues in Ulverston

7 – 17 June 2017

O Duo are heading to Ulverston International Music Festival 2017
O Duo are heading to Ulverston International Music Festival 2017

If you enjoy outstanding internationally acclaimed classical and jazz performers you will delight in the Ulverston International Music Festival. This year’s festival showcases 19 events in the heart of Ulverston including workshops & masterclasses, debuts from new talent and performances by some of the world’s finest musicians, including the exciting guitar of Remi Harris, spellbinding saxophonist Jess Gillam and the dazzling O Duo. From contemporary to classical – there is a treat in store for all music lovers.

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// WHERE IS PETER RABBIT? – World of Beatrix Potter Attraction, Windermere

10 June – 3 September 2017

Where is Peter Rabbit? returns to the Old Laundry Theatre in 2017
Where is Peter Rabbit? returns to the Old Laundry Theatre in 2017

The family musical Where’s Peter Rabbit? returns to the Lake District this summer and once again promises an exciting family-friendly extravaganza featuring favourite characters from Beatrix Potter’s much-loved stories. This smash hit live stage show, at the World of Beatrix Potter Attraction, is a must see for families with young children.

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// KENDAL CALLING – Lowther Deer Park, Penrith

27 – 30 July 2017

Kendal Calling
Kendal Calling

The multi-award winning independent festival of music, arts food & drink returns for its 12th year. With previous artists including Elbow, Snoop Dogg, Calvin Harris, Mumford & Sons and 18 stages filled with everything from disco to folk it’s set to be another amazing weekend in the stunning surroundings of the Lake District National Park.

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// LAKE DISTRICT SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL – Various venues

29 July – 11 August 2017

Lake District Summer Music by Tony West
Lake District Summer Music by Tony West

A long-standing international music festival of classical, jazz and opera; featuring world-famous artists, world premieres and new collaborations. Keep up-to-date with details of artists via the Lake District Summer Music website.

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// A MARATHON READING OF SWALLOWS AND AMAZONS – Coniston

3 September 2017

Marathon Reading of Arthur Ransome's Swallows and Amazons, Coniston, on 3 September 2017
Marathon reading of Arthur Ransome’s Swallows and Amazons, Coniston, on 3 September 2017

To mark the 50th anniversary of the death of author, Arthur Ransome, there will be a marathon reading of his classic children’s story Swallows and Amazons at Coniston, on Sunday 3 September. The marathon reading finale ends a summer-long exhibition at the Ruskin Museum in Coniston about Ransome, Russia and storytelling. A number of celebrity readers have already signed up to take part and it is expected that the book’s 31 chapters will take around nine hours to read.

The reading is free and starts at 9am on the lake shore north of the Coniston Boating Centre.

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// LAKES ALIVE – Various venues in Kendal

Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 September 2017

Cirque Bijou’s Umbrella Project Workshop, part of Lakes Alive 2016, at the Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal
Cirque Bijou’s Umbrella Project Workshop, part of Lakes Alive 2016, at the Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal

The Lake District National Park is delighted to present the return of Lakes Alive – a major family friendly arts festival taking over Kendal town centre on 9 – 10 September. Join in spectacular happenings and explore brand new cultural experiences and performances.

For further information and updates, please visit the Lakes Alive website

// C-ART – Various venues throughout Cumbria

8 – 17 September 2017

C-Art 2017, from 8 - 17 September, is Cumbria’s largest visual arts programme
C-Art 2017, from 8 – 17 September, is Cumbria’s largest visual arts programme

C-Art is Cumbria’s countywide visual arts programme, co-ordinated by Eden Arts. Highlights include the open studios and gallery events which include the work of over 100 artists, designers and independent galleries.

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// LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL – Various venues in Kendal

13 – 15 October 2017

Darwyn Cooke at LICAF 2015
The Lakes International Comic Art Festival – artwork by Darwyn Cooke

For creative KERPOW – make a date in your diary for LICAF 2017! The only comic art event of its kind in the UK celebrating the best comic art from around the world. The festival takes over the beautiful town of Kendal on the edge of the Lakes for a full weekend of exhibitions, live draws, masterclasses, trails, films, workshops and more!

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// WINTER DROVING – Penrith

28 October 2017

Winter Droving returns to Penrith in 2017 - photo John Burrows
Winter Droving returns to Penrith in 2017 – photo John Burrows

The Winter Droving is a magical festival in Penrith that celebrates all things rural, traditional and fun. The event highlight is a torch lit procession through the town featuring fire, lanterns, masquerade and music and mayhem.

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// BY JEEVES BY ALAN AYCKBOURN WITH MUSIC BY ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER – Old Laundry Theatre, Bowness-on-Windermere

6 October – 4 November 2017

By Jeeves at Old Laundry Theatre, Bowness-on-Windermere
By Jeeves at Old Laundry Theatre, Bowness-on-Windermere

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Alan Ayckbourn’s light-hearted, fun musical By Jeeves is the highlight of the Old Laundry Theatre’s 25th Anniversary Season 2017! Opening on Friday 6 October and running until Saturday 4 November, it is a rare opportunity to see the first Ayckbourn revival in over 20 years of this jocular musical and the biggest ever production seen at the Old Laundry. From Broadway to Bowness – fabulous family musical comedy theatre guaranteed!

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// KENDAL MOUNTAIN FESTIVAL – Various venues in Kendal

16 – 19 November 2017

Kendal Mountain Festival (photo Stuart Holmes Photography)
Kendal Mountain Festival (photo Stuart Holmes Photography)

The award-winning Kendal Mountain Festival is the UK’s premier mountain film festival and is the most diverse event for outdoor enthusiasts in the world.

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// THE SECRET GARDEN – Theatre by the Lake, Keswick

24 November 2017 – 13 January 2018

The Secret Garden by Francis Hodgson Burnett - adapted by Jessica Swale
The Secret Garden by Francis Hodgson Burnett – adapted by Jessica Swale

The Secret Garden, directed by Liz Stevenson, is this year’s family friendly Christmas production at Theatre by the Lake. It’s 1920, and spoilt, lonely Mary Lennox lives a life of luxury in India with her aristocratic parents. But when an unexpected twist of fate suddenly leaves her orphaned, she is sent to live with an unknown uncle in Misselthwaite Manor on the Yorkshire Moors.

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